Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami also spelt Basant Panchami, is a Hindu spring festival. Vasant means spring and Panchami mean the fifth day. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the Indian traditional lunisolar calendar month of Magha, which typically falls in January or February. The festival is mainly observed in the north, central and western parts by Hindus of India and in Nepal. It is celebrated in various ways depending on the region. Many worship goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning, arts and music. Vasant Panchami is observed with visits to her temples, by playing music, as well as the day when parents sit down with their children, teach them in the writing of their first letters. Others mark it as a day to observe god Kama, the Hindu deity of love, by remembering the loved one particularly one’s spouse or special friend, celebrating it with spring flowers. It is often called as Hindu form of Valentine’s Day. Others wear yellow clothes and eat yellow rice to emulate the yellow mustard flower fields, or play by flying kites.

Vasant Panchami
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Vasant Panchami

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